HDP reacts to burning of Koran by far right figure
The officials of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey condemned the burning of a copy of Koran by a far right political figure in Sweden.
They said in a written statement on Sunday:
"We condemn in the strongest terms the burning of Koran in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm by Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the racist Hard Line (Stram Kurs). This is a serious hate crime against the Islamic faith. As we defend equality and freedom for all peoples, identities, languages, cultures and beliefs, discrimination against Islam is unacceptable for us. We will not accept or remain passive in the face of the Islamophobia rising in the West."
"Such provocations are moves that intend to stir up hostility and division in societies with people of different faiths. They offend freedoms and humane values, benefit only racists and extremists, and serve to plant seeds of hate among people with different religious beliefs. Faith and religious practices are related to conscience. We will continue to struggle against all kinds of repression on beliefs, against discrimination and hate crimes. The perpetrators of the attack on Koran that is sacred for all Muslims should be prosecuted. We call on the global public to take a stance against this hate crime."
The leader of the far-right Danish political party Stram Kurs, Rasmus Paludan, burned a copy of the Koran during a manifestation on Saturday outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.